In Lebanon, the path to stardom is often riddled with challenges and unexpected twists. But let’s face it, adversity can breed incredible talent. Today, we’re spotlighting 11 Lebanese celebrities who prove that you don’t need a silver spoon to make it big.
Before making waves in the film industry, Nadine grew up in a small town, in a family with modest means. Today? She’s a Cannes award-winner.
Music sensation Mika wasn’t always on top charts. He comes from a family of artists but had to hustle to get his first record deal.
3. Ziad Rahbani
An icon of music and theater, Ziad had to prove himself before stepping out of the shadow of his famous parents.
4. Ragheb Alama
Believe it or not, Ragheb used to sing at local festivals before becoming the megastar we all know and love.
5. Haifa Wehbe
From a small-town girl to an international icon, Haifa’s journey is nothing short of incredible.
6. Wael Kfoury
He may be a king of romance now, but Wael used to perform in local cafes before hitting the big stage.
7. Maya Diab
The stunning Maya Diab was once a regular university student, striving to get her degree before diving into showbiz.
8. Georges Khabbaz
From school plays to national acclaim, Georges’ commitment to acting shows why he’s one of the best.
The singer spent her childhood in a cramped one-bedroom home in an aging Beirut neighborhood. She lived there with her parents and three siblings, sharing a single kitchen with multiple other families. Her dad, who worked as a typesetter at a local print shop, saved a portion of his earnings to ensure Fairouz could go to school. It was there that her vocal talents started turning heads.
10. Georges Hobeika
Born in Beirut in 1962, Hobeika was just one of eight kids in his family. He spent his younger years assisting his mom in their family-owned boutique. It was in this very shop that he stumbled upon his passion for fashion design and sharpened his skills while helping his mother.
11. Gibran Khalil Gibran
Gibran Khalil Gibran was born in the northern Lebanese village of Bsharri, into a modest family. His dad, Khalil, was a tax collector, while his mother Kamileh Rahmeh had a son from a prior marriage.
… and the list goes on.
Remember, these celebrities had to grind their way up. Their stories tell us that it’s okay to start small, as long as you dream big. So go ahead, let these inspiring tales fire up your ambition.